Local Authorities Report Increase In Incidents Of Fly-Tipping In England

Local authorities in England have reported more incidents of fly-tipping over 2013/14, compared to the previous year, according to the latest statistics published by Defra. 

Local authorities dealt with a total of 852 thousand incidents of fly-tipping in 2013/14, an increase of 20 percent since 2012/13 with nearly two thirds of fly-tips involving household waste.

This increase follows more recent year on year declines in the number of incidents. A number of local authorities have reported an increase in the number of fly-tipping incidents.

Defra has suggested the increase may be partly attributed to some local authorities introducing new technologies, such as on-line reporting and electronic applications, as well increased training for staff.

Local authorities carried out nearly 500 thousand enforcement actions at an estimated cost of £17.3m, which was over a £2.0m increase on the previous year. This equated to an increase of 18 percent on enforcement actions in the same period

The most common place for fly-tipping to occur was on highways, 47 percent of total incidents in 2013/14.

Incidents of fly-tipping on footpaths, bridleways and back alleyways increased 15 percent in England in 2013/14.Together these now account for 29 per cent of fly tipping incidents.

Approximately a third of all incidents consisted of a small van-load of material or less.

The estimated cost of clearance of fly-tipping to local authorities in England in 2013/14 was £45.2m, a 24 percent increase on 2012/13.

Local authorities carried out nearly 500 thousand enforcement actions at an estimated cost of £17.3m, which was over a £2.0m increase on the previous year. This equated to an increase of 18 percent on enforcement actions in the same period. 

Local authorities and the Environment Agency both have a responsibility in respect of illegally deposited waste. This includes collecting data on their activity. This statistical notice covers data reported by the Local Authorities in England.

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